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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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About Loganvp

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  • Birthday 06/12/1994

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Jesus is pretty cool
  • Location
    Crown Point, Indiana
  • Biography
    College student; been decorating since I was 16.
  • Interests
    Decorating and anything electrical
  • Occupation
    Driver and Student
  • About my display
    Light Up McKinley's display is animated using LOR products since 2011. The songs are up beat and leave you wanting more. The timings are crisp and clean. I spend a lot of time on timing my lights so they look good. There is even a talking snowman! I make most of my decorations and put them up myself. i have approx 20,000 lights. Some of them even go up to 60 ft in the air... ooooh. The show runs from 5-9:30 Sunday thru Thursday and 5-10:30 Friday and Saturday. We run the show till 1:00 am on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. Merry Christmas!

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  1. Yes! there is a very simple way of doing this. Go to the start menu and open the Light-O-Rama Program Files. There should be "Light-O-Rama Control Panel" Click on that. It will allow a small lightbulb to pop up in your task bar. Right click on the light bulb and a menu will pop up. Click on "hardware Utility". When Hardware Utility opens up, Look towards the bottom of the window... There should be a button that reads "Console" Click on that. From that, a board should come up that looks like a sound board. From there, you select the unit ID of the LOR board you want to control. Turn the master bar up all the way. It should turn on all lights connected to that board. you can switch between boards by selecting the "Unit ID". The lights will stay on if you don't turn off the master. You can turn all the lights back off by closing the window. I hope that this helped
  2. All you need to do is connect your fm transmitter to the audio port in your computer. It involves nothing within LOR
  3. I bought this last year. http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-CH-CCTV-Security-DVR-Outdoor-Camera-System-/180625282394?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a0e1b155a#ht_5348wt_1132 it was an easy install and i am very happy with quality for the price. With a few spotlights around the yard at night, with the night vision cameras, you have a pretty good picture. And it has a 500 Gb hard drive. It is good for watching your show too. I have the screen by my computer down stairs. I can see if the show works if i have problems.
  4. Most of the small fm transimitters are made so you can listen to your music around the house where ever a radio is.... So....You just happened to listen to christmas music during christmas time and your lights just happened to blink to the Music...... Then you noticed that people started to look at your lights and tapping into your music that you play around your house... The whole thing is just a coincidence.
  5. I went to build a sign also... My decal came in today so i put it on a 24x18 piece of Lexan then slipped it into a frame that I made a week ago... It lights up pretty good.
  6. Just move your clicker over their name and it will display it in a pop up..
  7. I bet in the next couple of months Obama will pass a bill stating that planking is illegal in the 48 Contiguous states.... Everybody get your hula and eskimo on...

  8. I plan to turn my lights on Thanks giving night only because most of my family will be over... so give them the first show. and im customizing the show with special songs that aren't Christmas that are for some of my family members that will really enjoy it..... I will probably run it till January 1st
  9. I was almost convinced that the house was jumping...
  10. All are sold... thanks all
  11. Got the blue nutcracker, thank you so much. Looks great!

  12. Update: I have the two candy canes with no interest so far.
  13. I am not much of a Blowmold Guy and I have all these blowmolds that I probably wont use in my display. So if you want one I will accept almost any price plus shipping. Just PM me your Zip code and which blow molds you want and ill send you a final price. The payment will be through PayPal and PayPal ONLY! Take a look.
  14. "2 30 Amp Controllers (1 is brand new but without cat-5 cable) ($200 includes shipping)" Is the $200 for both together... or 200 for one?
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